Sussex

Littlehampton stand-off man Brian Palmer 'devoted to family'

Brian Palmer
Image caption A post-mortem examination found Brian Palmer died from a single gunshot wound to the head

Relatives of a 63-year-old who shot himself dead during a stand-off with police at his home, said his life was dedicated to his family and friends.

Post-mortem tests found Brian Palmer of Horsham Road, Littlehampton, died from a single gunshot wound to his head.

Police had been called to the grandfather's home on Friday after his wife claimed he had assaulted her.

Officers heard shots fired but did not discharge their own weapons, Sussex Police said.

Police said Mr Palmer was seen with a gun on the roof of the garage when they were called to the scene.

He was found on the garage after the shots were fired. He was taken by Kent Air Ambulance to the Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, but died at 10:30 BST.

Specialist firearms officers were heading to the scene at the time of the shooting.

In a statement, his family said: "Brian happily dedicated his entire life to his family and friends, constantly striving to support all around him.

"Brian was the person you knew you could rely upon when others faded, the electrician you could call out on Christmas Day, and a wonderful husband, father, granddad, brother and son who put all around him before himself."

A Sussex Police spokesman said Mr Palmer "had not received any other shotgun injuries" and that an investigation into the circumstances leading up to his death was being conducted on behalf of the coroner.

Det Ch Insp Nick May said Mr Palmer was a registered firearms licence holder and they were not seeking anybody else in connection with the shooting.

Police said Mrs Palmer was shaken but uninjured. She is staying with relatives and is being supported by police family liaison officers.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has been informed as a matter of course.

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